Accession Number : ADA325847

Title :   Operational Protection in the Littoral: A Matter of Sound Operational Design.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI

Personal Author(s) : Morrison, Mark

PDF Url : ADA325847

Report Date : 07 FEB 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 29

Abstract : A future conflict will undoubtedly pit the United States against an adversary with a credible coastal navy. In such an environment our ability to protect forces will be crucial to mission success. This littoral setting presents the operational commander with some very complex problems. Most notably, how does a Joint Task Force (JTF) protect its naval expeditionary component, while successfully completing its assigned mission? This paper will analyze the adequacy of current methods for operational protection of naval forces in the littoral by looking at the effect of the sea coast environment, the characteristics of a 'credible' coastal navy, and current doctrine/technology The author hopes to lead the reader to the conclusion that current methods are inadequate. Today, the United States relies too heavily on technology as a panacea for operational ills. In the fast paced littoral, technology will not be enough; also necessary will be the operational commander's ability to design operations that maximize our advantage over an adversary. As a starting point, this paper will emphasize the need for development of doctrine to support the concept of littoral control. Once established, commanders will have a framework from which innovative operational design will result.

Descriptors :   *LITTORAL ZONES, UNITED STATES, COASTAL REGIONS, MILITARY DOCTRINE, TASK FORCES, SOUND, PROTECTION, NAVAL OPERATIONS, MILITARY COMMANDERS, OCEAN ENVIRONMENTS.

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE